Today on the Dish, Andrew begrudgingly defended Tony Kushner from charges of anti-Semitism, and recalled the past infighting around gay marriage. We rounded up the reax to last night's GOP debate, including some defenses of torture, and checked in on today's jobs numbers.
The torture apologists continued to baffle Andrew, he differentiated between capital punishment and killing war enemies, dogs of war rocked titanium teeth, and we honored the boring parts of the Osama mission too. Carl Prine filed a FOIA request for the assasination photos, Tim Fernholz and Jim Tankersley tallied the cost of wars, and Allahpundit corrected the record on the birthers change of pace. The violence in Syria shifted cities, Daniel Levy got frank on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Marc Lynch glimpsed into the crystal ball on Iraq's future. Alissa J. Rubin went undercover in a burka, and readers analyzed the economics of the South.
Yglesias defended standardized tests, we chuckled at Shit My Students Write, and Terry Miller was a different sort of cool in high school. Andrew Romano tested the Dems with Senator Jon Tester, Paul Ryan rationalized certain debts, and Sarah didn't stack up to Demi. Peter Moskos took issue with libertarianism, Felix Salmon picked apart the Groupon model, Niall Ferguson weighed in on inflation, and Trump had a very bad week. David Bloom feared a population explosion in Africa, the war on drugs couldn't even succeed in our prisons but that didn't stop the medical marijuana raids. Beardpocalypse arrived, and Britain fluffed up its wedding viewership.
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Thursday on the Dish, Andrew bemoaned torture creep from the GOP, and set the record straight on Dick Cheney's war crimes. McCain even admitted torture wasn't key, and Rob Delaney rubbed it in Palin's face. We analyzed how Osama was shot, Reuters released other gruesome corpse shots, Harold Evans examined history's other gruesome shots, and Ambinder explained why the Osama photos were nixed. Tony Dokoupil ran through the Navy SEAL training, and we cooed over the dog that helped take down Osama. Nancy Pelosi shifted gears, readers looked on the bright side of teenage naivete about bin Laden, and this is a beautiful tale of forgiveness.
Steven Cook pressured the US to undermine Assad and consequently Iran, Joel Wing tracked deaths in Iraq, and Andrew considered conservatism's war on Jihad. Andrew got excited for Gary Johnson on the drug war at tonight's debate, Hertzberg hyped Mitch Daniels, the vegetarian, Ben Smith feared for Pawlenty, and Romney didn't flip-flop, the GOP did. Birthers came around after the birth certificate came out, and we parsed PEW's reading of ideological divides. Andrew weighed in on Jews fed up with Israeli hypocrisy, and welcomed New York's embrace of gay marriage. Sara Mayeux defended prison guards for the hard work they do, we assessed voting based on the economy, and Massie wasn't optimistic about a republic in Britain. We explored birth control's evolution of the IUD, Bollywood tackled the right to marry who you love, and old people married.
Wednesday on the Dish, Andrew dismantled the desperate torture arguments, and heralded the NYT's breakthrough in actually using the word. Andrew backed Obama's decision not to release the photos, Palin came out swinging, and Bush made important announcements. We contemplated what happens when you cut the head off the snake, admired the photo that encapsulates Obama's leadership, and critiqued the media's coverage of the raid. We tracked Obama's tiny bump, grabbed all the info we could from Osama's lair, and Larison stood by Pakistan. Some teenagers had questions on Osama, teachers grappled with explaining it to students, DiA defended the celebrations, and Douthat argued American decline belongs to us, not bin Laden. Syria remained under seige, and Mona Yacoubian argued Assad has lost the fight. Alex Massie reconsidered our the war in Afghanistan, Andrew invoked Niebuhr on Christian forgiveness, and Bradley Manning got his clothes back.
Readers requested a ban on Limbaugh coverage, Weigel hyped the first Republican debate, we previewed Britain's vote change vote, and Joyner didn't appreciate the pundit ratings. Werner Herzog could never believe in capital punishment, the US doubled our water productivity, and Zuckerberg slimed his way out of the tax question. The South suffered economically after the Civil War, we charted the decline of the working man, and scientists weren't incentivized to make new drugs. Richard and John celebrated 61 years of togetherness, drummers brains beat our own, and we celebrated a month at the Beast.
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Tuesday on the Dish, Andrew dismantled the Big Lie that torture got bin Laden, and student geographers got pretty close to predicting where Osama had been hiding. We debated whether to release the photos, the White House walked back some of Osama raid details, readers maintained skepticism, and Obama's approval rating jumped. Beinart praised Obama for altering the course on Democrats and foreign policy weakness, Larison urged caution, and Palin kept it classy.
Hitchens summarized bin Laden's preaching, and a reader wondered what we would have done with him if we'd caught him instead of killed him. A Marine cried but understood why we celebrate, a Catholic grappled with forgiving bin Laden, and Conor nailed Limbaugh's hedge on Obama. Salman Rushdie rejected Pakistan's double game, some came to Pakistan's defense, and Bruce Schneier parsed Americans' ability to feel secure. Egypt moved to relax its border with Gaza, and Juan Cole envisioned Obama's grand plan to change the reception of America in the Middle East.
We sized up Ron Swanson's politics, Matt Steinglass reached to sympathize with the birthers, and Palin's foreign policy crew deserted her. Trump compared gay people to putters, Krugman's predictions were fairly spot on, and Felix Salmon discounted individual actions against global warming. The South's racism hindered its economics, we contemplated abandoned malls, and Charles Kenny didn't want to return to pre-modern, uncontacted tribal lifestyles. Alcohol made us want cocaine more, Angry Birds crossed over to mind control, the hunt for Dishterns continued, and a perfumer recreated the musk of a man's butt.
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Sunday night the Dish live-blogged news of Osama bin Laden's death. On Monday, Andrew remembered all those who enlisted to kill Osama bin Laden, listed Obama's accomplishments thus far, and elected this as his greatest thus far. Osama hid behind his wife, the US buried him according to Islamic custom, and readers reflected on his death. We rounded up the full left and right reax from around the web, Heather Mac Donald waited for Obama to get his due from the right, Limbaugh praised Obama, and Dish readers were convinced it was all sarcasm.
Peter Beinart kissed the war on terror goodbye, and Trump acted like the executive he is, by bringing LaToya Jackson back. Weigel celebrated at the White House, as did the US Naval Academy, and New Yorkers persevered. Ezra Klein tallied the bill on Osama's head, Hollywood shifted gears on its bin Laden flick, and we all waited for a real photo. Think Progress tracked the new conspiracy theorists on the right, Kit Eaton surveyed the DNA science, and Christopher Preble commended the government for keeping its mouth shut.
We pondered Pakistan's involvement here, Nate Silver charted Obama's Osama bump, and we closed the books on whether Obama's a real American. Issandr El Amrani gauged Al Qaeda's growing irrelevance, Hamid Karzai seized the moment, the Saudis were mute and Iran pivoted. Steve Coll thought Pakistan too big to fail, Jonah Lehrer pecked at the psychology of revenge, and Glenn Reynolds got caught with his pants down.